Egyptian squash star Marwan Elshorbagy, 22, is the number four seed in the Canary Wharf Classic – but his ambition is to take over at the top of the rankings from big brother Mohamed.
He recently reached the world top 10 after a phenomenal run of form at the back end of 2015.
He was runner-up in the China Open and the Kolkata Open, reached the semi-finals of the Bluenose Classic in Halifax, Nova Scotia and reached the quarter-finals of the Macau Open and Tournament of Champions in New York.
Bristol-based Elshorbagy said: “In China I beat three top 15 players in three days and that helped me to hit the top 10.
“We played in an amazing rooftop venue overlooking the river in Shanghai. My room was on the same floor as the court, so life doesn’t get any better, or easier, than that.”
Elshorbagy is looking forward to playing at Canary Wharf in the Professional Squash Association’s men’s $70k event. He added: “All the players enjoy performing at Canary Wharf. It is one of the best squash venues in the world.
“Every time I step on court in a wonderful venue like the East Wintergarden I feel blessed to have this opportunity.
“I am very excited to be back, and to play in front of such an amazing crowd makes it more special for all the players.”
There are four Egyptians in the top half of the draw and Elshorbagy meets compatriot Fares Dessouki in the first round.
Elshorbagy said: “This could be the most exciting first round match of the tournament and I am sure Fares and I will give it everything to entertain the crowd.”
The two siblings share an apartment in Bristol, and Marwan added: “Luckily Mohamed is a good cook. That saves me a lot of stress in the kitchen.”
The Canary Wharf Classic takes place at the East Wintergarden from March 7-11.